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Best Shotguns: The 10 Greatest Shotguns Made Today

Best Shotguns: The 10 Greatest Shotguns Made Today

From the Remington 870 to the Connecticut A-10 American, check out the 10 best shotguns made today. Is your favorite shotgun on the list?
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from Alex Thrift wrote 1 year 1 week ago

As an avid shooter who has FIELDED a SBE II as well as a Versamax, the Browning A5 and the Maxus are both head & shoulders above either one, should you choose an inertia based action or a gas-operated one.
As for then Versamax, getting a letter from Remington within the first 90days of ownership stating "Do Not fire your weapon as serious injury or death may occur, please send back immediately for warranty recall" just pisses me off. The Cerebus owned Remington just ain't what they used to be. And that SBE II has had FTE issues in its lifetime.

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from sgrady41 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I love my A400, great gun and great design.

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from sgrady41 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I started my kids with Remington 870's great gun for the $$

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from MossbergHunter wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

What a terrible list. I understand these are subjective, but how can a Mossberg not end up on this list? And how many people do you know that would take a $7,000 gun out into the field? I highly doubt anyone at OL has even purchased on of these $7,000 guns.

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I am surprised the Browning Auto5 did not make the list. I agree with the talk about those real high dollar guns. Can the writers at Outdoor Life afford those guns? I don't think many of us readers can.

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from Dean Gilbert wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Very nice assortment of shotguns. But, I can't see any hunter taking a $7000 Blaser out in a Duck Blind. It would really be nice to see an OUTDOOR (re: Hunting) magazine write an article grading the shotguns that MOST hunters are able to afford. Say under $1000? There are plenty of shotguns available in this price range. Some great, some very good and some not so hot. But, it would be more realistic to the bigger share of your readers in my opinion.
I think it's great to drool over these high dollar guns and dream that MAYBE someday you'll be able to afford something like that. But, in all reality, show us and rate those that most of us can afford now, not later down the road (maybe). By that time, they will have changed again and improved even more.

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from mdlindley wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I too am surprised that the Browning Citori did not make the list. It is a dead nuts reliable shotgun built for longevity that has its roots solidly anchored in John M. Browning's original design of the B-25. However, having said that, I have steered away from the lower end Brownings the last 20 years due to them being made in Japan.

-MDL

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from mattb wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Remington 870? Does no one remember the inferior barrels that swelled or in the worst cases burst? I do and owned one--and Remington refused to replace the barrel. Yeah it shot fine with low brass loads. But shoot a high brass load and it would stick in the barrel every time!!

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from Brad Peters wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

It has been well documented in many articles over the years that the Remington Model 32 is often regarded as the finest American made shotgun. It was well ahead of its time and was an innovatively designed and highly regarded shotgun. Without the Remington model 32 we would have no Krieghoff K32 and arguably no K80. The significance of this shotgun appears lost on the author who has written an article full of fluff and nonsense. You really need to write something with more substance than the superficial garbage that you have published this time. You barely mention the M32 except for a throw away line in section about the Rem 3200. These are fine guns as well, but the model 32 is where it all began. 100% American made, often copied, but never replaced. You guys dropped the ball badly.

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Still no Purdey? Also agree the Mossberg 500 should have been on the list.

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Turns out that Outdoor Life knows how to satisfy those hard to please readers. Check out the September issue of Outdoor Life and you will find "The 25 Greatest Shotguns Ever', The 10 Best American Made Shotguns of a All Time", The 10 Great Shotguns Made Today" and " The Five Best Shotgun Values". That should about cover everybody's preferences. If not, I have no comment... but I am very tempted!

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Trust Charlie Elk to be the wise man. I think he has a Spirit Guide giving him a helping hand and an advantage on the rest of us. I will have to ask him some time.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Dittos Kody.
There are some very nice guns here I wish were sitting in my gun cabinet right now.
And whoever said they haven't seen any Remington Versa Maxes in the field needs to get out more. This gun is developing a solid reputation.
later,
charlie

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Quit your whining you guys. I may never purchase the expensive shotgun either but I am not offended to hear that they are exceptional firearms. You and I have a choice as to whether we buy the cheapest or the most expensive shotgun. If you can not afford one of these high end guns at least you can dream a little or let the guy dream on the possibility. " The 10 Greatest Shotguns" was the title, not "The 10 Best Shotguns the Average Guy Can Afford". I guarantee some people would be offended by an article titled " The 10 Best Cheap Shotguns". "So you think my prized shotgun is cheap", would be the call! Yep, it becomes a case of not being able to please all the people all the time.
A wise man who lacked cash would be no more inclined to race out and buy one of these pricey guns than he might be inclined to buy a car or a house which was equally beyond his means. Brother, there is a painful subject in today's world.

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from rocco89815 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Very happy to see the Remington 870 on the list, but is OL too proud to put the Mossberg 500 on here? It's every bit as reliable as the 870's are. And where is the Ruger Red Label? they're still made today, and mine has never once failed me in over 20 years. I fail to comprehend why there are 7 and 8,000 dollar guns on here. Who wants to pay for some overrated Italian name when one can buy an American workhorse for under half the price? Expensive does not convert to quality, OL. Your gear reviews and "top 10" lists are hardly worth reading anymore because myself and most of your working-class readers can't afford guns and gear that cost more than the trucks we drive.

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from JM wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

-I think OL fell for some advertisements....some of these shotguns haven't been around long enough to be proven.
-HFT, It seems like Outdoor Life is associating expensive with great(expensive price tag - must be a great gun). I wont lie though, I would love to own every one of these guns.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Twice as many guns over $7000 (4) as under $1000 (2)? LMAO! You people have outdone yourselves this time!
I'd like to know how many users of this site have EVER bought a $7000 shotgun. Someone, anyone?

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I've never owned an 870 Express but a friend of mine has had one for a number of years and it is as reliable as they come. I have an 870 Wingmaster and bought it new in 1985 when I got rid of my Browning BPS. I had sold an older Wingmater to get that BPS, what a mistake.

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from Erik Wilson wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The 870? Really? Yes, I own one, yes it works fine, but, come on, "Greatest Made". Best part of it is that it's cheap, just pawn your old one off and buy a new one.

As for the Kreigoff comment, I shoot alot of trap and skeet. One thing I've noticed? The guys with Kreigoff's and Perrozzi's(not so much on the Perrozzi's) are always messing with something.

The Browning Citori,,never fails to go bang.

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from txtwister wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

What! No Krieghoff K-80 / K-20??? This design has been around since the 30s and has been refined to near perfection!

I've owned them all and the K-80s & K-20s are the least problematic of them all...And allow for the best and fastest accurizing via interchangeable barrel hangers.

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from im4romney wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Recently saw a new .410 Rem 870 Wingmaster - $900...what's wrong with that picture?

Dittos on the Mossberg 500 - takes a licking and keep on kicking!

Love the Browning BPS! Bottom ejection and top safety! Looks nice, performs well and won't break your wallet!

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from Josey wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I always like Remington 870 Wingmaster for balance, fit, and looks.

Just the ol' 870 Express never lets a person down. Wouldn't that be considered "great?"

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from neubauer6 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The Mossberg 500 definitely deserves to be on this list. I haven't even heard of half of these guns. Maybe the article should be titled "The 10 Greatest Shotguns Made Today (for people with deep pockets)."

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from gerry46 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

What the - - - - is a Benelli Sumper Black Eagle 2? And the Remington Versamax may be a great gun but I have yet to see one in the field or on the range! I don't see how the Versamax could compare!

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from neubauer6 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The Mossberg 500 definitely deserves to be on this list. I haven't even heard of half of these guns. Maybe the article should be titled "The 10 Greatest Shotguns Made Today (for people with deep pockets)."

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from im4romney wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Recently saw a new .410 Rem 870 Wingmaster - $900...what's wrong with that picture?

Dittos on the Mossberg 500 - takes a licking and keep on kicking!

Love the Browning BPS! Bottom ejection and top safety! Looks nice, performs well and won't break your wallet!

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from rocco89815 wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Very happy to see the Remington 870 on the list, but is OL too proud to put the Mossberg 500 on here? It's every bit as reliable as the 870's are. And where is the Ruger Red Label? they're still made today, and mine has never once failed me in over 20 years. I fail to comprehend why there are 7 and 8,000 dollar guns on here. Who wants to pay for some overrated Italian name when one can buy an American workhorse for under half the price? Expensive does not convert to quality, OL. Your gear reviews and "top 10" lists are hardly worth reading anymore because myself and most of your working-class readers can't afford guns and gear that cost more than the trucks we drive.

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from charlie elk wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Dittos Kody.
There are some very nice guns here I wish were sitting in my gun cabinet right now.
And whoever said they haven't seen any Remington Versa Maxes in the field needs to get out more. This gun is developing a solid reputation.
later,
charlie

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from Josey wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I always like Remington 870 Wingmaster for balance, fit, and looks.

Just the ol' 870 Express never lets a person down. Wouldn't that be considered "great?"

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Quit your whining you guys. I may never purchase the expensive shotgun either but I am not offended to hear that they are exceptional firearms. You and I have a choice as to whether we buy the cheapest or the most expensive shotgun. If you can not afford one of these high end guns at least you can dream a little or let the guy dream on the possibility. " The 10 Greatest Shotguns" was the title, not "The 10 Best Shotguns the Average Guy Can Afford". I guarantee some people would be offended by an article titled " The 10 Best Cheap Shotguns". "So you think my prized shotgun is cheap", would be the call! Yep, it becomes a case of not being able to please all the people all the time.
A wise man who lacked cash would be no more inclined to race out and buy one of these pricey guns than he might be inclined to buy a car or a house which was equally beyond his means. Brother, there is a painful subject in today's world.

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from gerry46 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

What the - - - - is a Benelli Sumper Black Eagle 2? And the Remington Versamax may be a great gun but I have yet to see one in the field or on the range! I don't see how the Versamax could compare!

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from Erik Wilson wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

The 870? Really? Yes, I own one, yes it works fine, but, come on, "Greatest Made". Best part of it is that it's cheap, just pawn your old one off and buy a new one.

As for the Kreigoff comment, I shoot alot of trap and skeet. One thing I've noticed? The guys with Kreigoff's and Perrozzi's(not so much on the Perrozzi's) are always messing with something.

The Browning Citori,,never fails to go bang.

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from JM wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

-I think OL fell for some advertisements....some of these shotguns haven't been around long enough to be proven.
-HFT, It seems like Outdoor Life is associating expensive with great(expensive price tag - must be a great gun). I wont lie though, I would love to own every one of these guns.

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from mesarich wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Still no Purdey? Also agree the Mossberg 500 should have been on the list.

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from mattb wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Remington 870? Does no one remember the inferior barrels that swelled or in the worst cases burst? I do and owned one--and Remington refused to replace the barrel. Yeah it shot fine with low brass loads. But shoot a high brass load and it would stick in the barrel every time!!

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from Dean Gilbert wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

Very nice assortment of shotguns. But, I can't see any hunter taking a $7000 Blaser out in a Duck Blind. It would really be nice to see an OUTDOOR (re: Hunting) magazine write an article grading the shotguns that MOST hunters are able to afford. Say under $1000? There are plenty of shotguns available in this price range. Some great, some very good and some not so hot. But, it would be more realistic to the bigger share of your readers in my opinion.
I think it's great to drool over these high dollar guns and dream that MAYBE someday you'll be able to afford something like that. But, in all reality, show us and rate those that most of us can afford now, not later down the road (maybe). By that time, they will have changed again and improved even more.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Twice as many guns over $7000 (4) as under $1000 (2)? LMAO! You people have outdone yourselves this time!
I'd like to know how many users of this site have EVER bought a $7000 shotgun. Someone, anyone?

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Trust Charlie Elk to be the wise man. I think he has a Spirit Guide giving him a helping hand and an advantage on the rest of us. I will have to ask him some time.

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from Kody wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Turns out that Outdoor Life knows how to satisfy those hard to please readers. Check out the September issue of Outdoor Life and you will find "The 25 Greatest Shotguns Ever', The 10 Best American Made Shotguns of a All Time", The 10 Great Shotguns Made Today" and " The Five Best Shotgun Values". That should about cover everybody's preferences. If not, I have no comment... but I am very tempted!

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from Brad Peters wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

It has been well documented in many articles over the years that the Remington Model 32 is often regarded as the finest American made shotgun. It was well ahead of its time and was an innovatively designed and highly regarded shotgun. Without the Remington model 32 we would have no Krieghoff K32 and arguably no K80. The significance of this shotgun appears lost on the author who has written an article full of fluff and nonsense. You really need to write something with more substance than the superficial garbage that you have published this time. You barely mention the M32 except for a throw away line in section about the Rem 3200. These are fine guns as well, but the model 32 is where it all began. 100% American made, often copied, but never replaced. You guys dropped the ball badly.

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

I am surprised the Browning Auto5 did not make the list. I agree with the talk about those real high dollar guns. Can the writers at Outdoor Life afford those guns? I don't think many of us readers can.

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from MossbergHunter wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

What a terrible list. I understand these are subjective, but how can a Mossberg not end up on this list? And how many people do you know that would take a $7,000 gun out into the field? I highly doubt anyone at OL has even purchased on of these $7,000 guns.

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from sgrady41 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I started my kids with Remington 870's great gun for the $$

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from Alex Thrift wrote 1 year 1 week ago

As an avid shooter who has FIELDED a SBE II as well as a Versamax, the Browning A5 and the Maxus are both head & shoulders above either one, should you choose an inertia based action or a gas-operated one.
As for then Versamax, getting a letter from Remington within the first 90days of ownership stating "Do Not fire your weapon as serious injury or death may occur, please send back immediately for warranty recall" just pisses me off. The Cerebus owned Remington just ain't what they used to be. And that SBE II has had FTE issues in its lifetime.

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from txtwister wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

What! No Krieghoff K-80 / K-20??? This design has been around since the 30s and has been refined to near perfection!

I've owned them all and the K-80s & K-20s are the least problematic of them all...And allow for the best and fastest accurizing via interchangeable barrel hangers.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

I've never owned an 870 Express but a friend of mine has had one for a number of years and it is as reliable as they come. I have an 870 Wingmaster and bought it new in 1985 when I got rid of my Browning BPS. I had sold an older Wingmater to get that BPS, what a mistake.

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from mdlindley wrote 1 year 45 weeks ago

I too am surprised that the Browning Citori did not make the list. It is a dead nuts reliable shotgun built for longevity that has its roots solidly anchored in John M. Browning's original design of the B-25. However, having said that, I have steered away from the lower end Brownings the last 20 years due to them being made in Japan.

-MDL

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from sgrady41 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I love my A400, great gun and great design.

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